DIY - Making drinks with tinctures

Published Mar 14, 2019 11:25 a.m. ET

Tinctures are slowly growing in popularity due to their ability to be used discreetly and their enhanced effects when compared to their edible alternatives. Tinctures tend to be infused with some of our favorite flavors and scents making them an exciting addition to many different drinks. Here we will cover how to make a tincture, how to add flavor to a tincture, and a few mixed drinks that have tastes that can be enhanced with the addition with a couple drops of cannabis extract.

How to make cannabis tincture

To make your cannabis tincture, you will need only two ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 7 grams of dried herb
  • 1 bottle of 750ml Everclear alcohol

Tools

  • 1 sheet of cheesecloth
  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 resealable mason jar
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 sheet of parchment paper
  • 1 grinder
  • 1 small pot

Instructions

  1. Grind the dry herb until it is all an even consistency.
  2. Preheat an oven to 340F.
  3. Place a layer of parchment paper over the cookie sheet.
  4. Spread the bud evenly across the parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain the mixture in the resealable mason jar through a layer of cheesecloth that is draped over a fine mesh strainer.
  6. Mix your extract with a bottle of Everclear inside of the mason jar.
  7. Add water to a small pot and place it on a burner that is set to medium heat.
  8. Place jar inside of the pot and allow it to simmer for a full 20 minutes.
  9. Allow the sufficient mixture time to cool before using or storing.

How to add flavor to tincture

In a perfect world, tinctures would be readily accessible in any flavor we could ever want. Unfortunately, that is not yet the case. If you have a tincture with a taste that you aren’t impressed with or none taste at all, you can flavor it using food grade flavoring extracts. Some of the most commonly used are grape, watermelon, cherry, mint, orange, and vanilla. Only a few drops are needed to dramatically affect the taste of a tincture so start with three drops and adjust from there as needed.

How to make cannabis tincture drinks

What is a cannabis tincture drink exactly? Well, technically it is any kind of drink that has been infused with THC or CBD using a tincture. Almost any beverage can be made into a tincture drink by adding just a few drops either to a finished product or to the base as you prepare it. What helps to enhance the flavor of the drinks is the taste of the tinctures. Some won’t pair as well with certain characteristics as others. So instead of a bunch of recipes, here you will find the flavors of tincture that go best with each kind of tincture drink.

Energy drinks

Cannabis energy drinks tend to come in flavors that are more of a citrus base. To make a cannabis energy drink consider using either lemon, orange, pineapple, green tea tincture, or any other citrus flavors.

Coffee

Ginger, peppermint, lemon, or green tea tincture along with any stronger flavored tinctures will pair nicely with a freshly brewed cup of joe.

Tea

Tincture infused teas are best when combined with lighter flavors like orange, vanilla, or chicory tinctures.

Soda

Want to know how to make weed soda that will pack a potent punch and taste great? Try adding a ginger, berry, citrus, or green tea tincture to your favorite can of bubbly goodness.

Cannabis cocktails

Making cannabis cocktails or mocktails are a fun and tasty way to enjoy the benefits of marijuana when mixed with or without alcohol. Cocktails tend to go nicely with tinctures that have a fruity flavor like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, or cherry.

Dosing

Tinctures are more concentrated than edibles and tend to be more potent. To begin with dosing tinctures in drinks, it is best to start with a low dose of only 2-3 drops at first. If you like the effects and feel like you would enjoy a stronger experience than add a couple more drops next time. Do not exceed one drink every 2 hours as it can take that long for the chemical THC to fully take effect.

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